Summer 2019: Accepted Students

Summer Pre-College RA Staff
Summer Pre-College Resident Assistants at an evening Activities Fair.

This page provides you and your families with important information you need to be prepared for a successful experience at Brown. Please take the time to review your specific Program's Student Handbook, as well as the other information located here. As always, if you have questions, please contact our Program Services staff by calling during business hours (Monday - Friday 8:30AM to 4:45PM EST) at (401) 863-7900, or by sending an email to

We look forward to meeting you this summer!

On Campus Programs

Information Desk

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Stephen Robert ‘62 Campus Center, 75 Waterman Street (on the Main Green)

Important Contacts

Pre-College Campus Life Office

Vartan Gregorian Quad A Suite 120 contains the offices of the Pre-College Campus Life professional staff and is open from 8am - 4pm Monday - Friday. If you are looking to meet with the Pre-College Campus Life professional staff, please email and we would be happy to arrange a meeting.

Location: Vartan Gregorian Quad A Suite 120

Emergency On-Call System

There is a Resident Director and an Administrator On-Call 24 hours a day to support anyone who is affiliated with Brown during the summer programs.

Resident Director On-Call: (401) 863-4111

Brown University Police, Medical and Fire

Available 24 hours a day to students and their families.

Emergencies: (401) 863-4111

Non-Emergencies: (401) 863-3322

On check-in day, each student is issued a wallet-sized laminated card with emergency phone numbers.

On Campus Programs


Accepted Student Handbooks provide information to students and families to prepare them fully for attending Pre-College Programs.


Students and parents should carefully review Policies prior to arrival.

Check-in Information

During check-in, students and their families receive their residence hall room keys, Brown ID card, a complete orientation schedule, and campus map. In addition, orientation talks from leadership of the programs is offered to help broadly orient these new members of the Brown community. Commuter students should also plan to check-in and attend orientation.


Traveling to and from Brown's Campus

Arriving on Campus

Arrival by Train

Providence is served by Amtrak and Boston Commuter Rail. The Providence Amtrak train station is a short cab ride to the University.

Arrival by Bus

Providence is served by PeterPan bus lines. Their Providence terminals are a short cab ride to the University.

Arrival by Air: Providence T.F. Green Airport

T.F. Green International Airport, located in the city of Warwick, is approximately 10 miles from the University. A variety of ground transportation is available from the terminal to Providence.

A shuttle for T.F. Green Airport to Brown University will run every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour according to the schedule below.

Students arriving at the airport should meet a representative from Shuttle Solutions LLC holding a "Brown Pre-College Programs" sign near baggage claim who will direct them to the vehicles in the lot.

One Way Ticket: $25 USD/student.
Round Trip Ticket: $40 USD/student

Upon arrival, students may purchase a round trip ticket that covers the cost for both arrival and their shuttle trip back to T.F. Green Airport at the close of the program. Students will be provided with coupon for the return trip. At the close of the program students may refer to the schedule below to take a shuttle back to T.F. Green Airport. If you have paid for a round trip you may give your coupon to the driver. Unused pre-paid coupons for the return trip cannot be refunded. Please see a Shuttle Solutions LLC representative at airport to purchase in advance.

Students requiring handicapped accessible transportation are encouraged to contact Brown Pre-College Programs via phone during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 4:45pm EST) or via email at


Sunday Arrivals: 6/16, 6/23, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28

T.F. Green Airport –› Brown Campus | 8:00am – 1:00pm

T.F. Green Airport –› Brown Office of Residential Life (42 Charlesfield Street) | 1:00pm – 7:00pm

Friday Departures: 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2

Brown Office of Residential Life (42 Charlesfield Street) –› T.F. Green Airport | 12:00pm – 9:00pm

Saturday Late Departures: 6/22, 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3

Brown Office of Residential Life (42 Charlesfield Street) –› T.F. Green Airport | 5:30am – 11:00am

Transportation to/ from T.F. Green Airport needed outside of these dates and times are the responsibility of students and their families to arrange.

Arrival by Air: Boston Logan Airport

Brown University is about an hour and thirty minutes drive from Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts. Students will need to find their own transportation from Boston Logan Airport to and from campus.

Unaccompanied Student Travel

In recent years, bus, train, and airline carriers have instituted a range of policies related to unaccompanied minors traveling. Brown Pre-College Programs are unable to meet many of these new requirements, so we urge families to review their likely carrier’s policies early and make decisions about travel based on the assumption that students must arrive on campus for orientation and depart campus at the end of their program without assistance from the Pre-College programs.

Dining Services & Campus Resources

Dining Halls

Brown University has two dining halls that students use for three meals each day: Sharpe Refectory (the “Ratty”) and Verney-Woolley (“V-Dub”). Academic year menus and information is available here.

MY MEAL: MyMeal is an online tool that can help you make smart, healthy choices in Brown dining units. Use it to:
  • View upcoming menu options
  • Plan healthy meals throughout the day, and
  • Identify and filter the top 8 food allergens

Visit for more information.

Libraries and Study Centers

Brown libraries and study centers are available for research, browsing, or quiet study throughout the summer. Highlights include the John D. Rockefeller Library ("the Rock"), the Sciences Library and the Friedman Study Center, and the special collections at the John Hay Library. Learn More »

The Brown Writing Center

The Writing Center helps students choose and refine topics, and write organized, well-supported, and eloquent essays. The Center offers summer hours especially for Brown Pre-College students.

Computing Labs

Locations across campus offer computers, scanners and printers. If you do not own a laptop there are a limited number available for loan through the Computing and Information Services Department while on campus.

Health and Psychological Services

Students can receive medical and emotional support services for short-term critical needs while they are on-campus. These services are physically open Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm. When the offices are not open, there are emergency on-call support systems in place, including Brown’s EMS that can evaluate and transport students and athletes to Hasbro Children’s Hospital if further care is needed.

Locations of Interest On and Near Campus

Some places students might want to visit while participating in a program at Brown are listed below:

The BeU Lounge

Brown University, and Pre-College Programs, are committed to developing an academic and residential community that embodies the social and intellectual diversity of the world.The BeU lounge series is a gateway that provide pre-college students an opportunity to step out of their comfort zone by making new friends and participating in learning opportunities that delve into diversity, equity, inclusion and identity exploration. Resident Assistants who are passionate about these subjects will facilitate workshops, programs, and roundtable discussions to help students comfortably navigate their personal identity development and the diverse world in which we live.

Providence: Historic and Hip

Brown is located in Providence, Rhode Island, the state's capital and largest city. Known as the "Creative Capital", Providence has long been a haven for creativity and innovation. Three-and-a-half centuries of history are alive and well on the streets surrounding Brown, as is evident in the immaculately preserved Colonial, Federal, Greek revival, and Victorian houses of "College Hill".

Thayer Street runs through the center of campus, and where you’ll find the Brown University Bookstore and a host of restaurants, coffee shops, stores, banks, and street vendors.

Students at the Campus Life Canival
Students at the Campus Life Carnival

Extracurricular Activities and Events

Brown Pre-College Programs offer a vibrant campus life community. With over 900 program and activity offerings centered around identity development, social justice, college access/success, self-care, and social/mental/physical health, student learning flourishes both in and out of the traditional classroom during your time at Brown. Throughout your residential experience, you will be supported by a team of campus life staff who will work with you to make sure that you have an unforgettable experience.

Extracurricular Activities and Events can be found in the Summer 2019 Brown Pre-College Programs Official Guidebook.

Nelson Fitness Center

Athletics and Recreation Summer Registration

The Brown University Department of Athletics offers low-cost memberships to Pre-College students. Members have exclusive access to sports and fitness classes. More information can be found on the Brown Recreation website.

Sayles Hall
Sayles Hall

Additional Costs and Spending Money

Most Pre-College courses require the purchase of textbooks and/or coursepacks. Costs can vary widely from $35 to over $200, depending on the length and subject area of the course. A list of required readings is typically posted online in the late spring, and are available for purchase in the Brown Bookstore.

Students do not need a significant amount of spending money. Program activities are free and we encourage students to eat meals in dining halls and to engage in activities that are no-cost or low-cost.

Students who wish to use washers, dryers, and campus printers and copiers will need to purchase Bear Bucks Guest Cards – cash cards used in these campus machines. Cards may be purchased from any of the several ValuePort III machines located across campus. As unused funds are not refundable, students are advised to add money in small increments. Please DO NOT add funds or Bear Bucks to your student ID.

Locations of Automated Teller Machines (ATM)

Sayles Hall
Page-Robinson Hall

Mail Services

During students' time at Brown, mail can be picked up at the Brown mailroom at Page-Robinson Hall (69 Brown St.) across from the Main Green. The mailroom is open Monday- Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm.

Family and friends should address letters and packages to you as follows:
Pre-College Student’s Name
Brown University
Pre-College Programs
69 Brown Street
Providence, RI 02912

It is up to each student to check for mail at the Brown mailroom. Shipped items should arrive on campus no more than a week in advance of a student's program start date.

Students will be notified that they have mail through their Brown email address, so are encouraged to check that account daily. Students will be able to pick up their packages on the Monday of the start of the program.

When programs are over, any first class/priority mail or packages not retrieved by students before they leave campus are forwarded back to the student. All packages/mail not picked up will be returned to sender no later than August 9th.

**Mail and packages sent to students attending only one week is strongly discouraged.

We are not responsible for mail or shipments to and from Brown via the United States Postal Service or carrier service.


Mail Services in Page-Robinson Hall (69 Brown St.) has fax machines available. Your family or friends may send a fax to you at (401) 863-3700. Anyone sending you a fax must be sure to include your name and “Pre College Summer.” The fax will be held with your mail for pick-up. There is no cost for receiving a fax. There is a cost for sending a fax.

Andrews House
Health Services is located in Andrews House

Health Services

Health Services is located in Andrews House on the corner of Brown and Charlesfield Streets, and can be contacted at (401) 863-3953.

Brown University Health Services is available to all Pre-College Program students during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm) for medical problems such as colds, cuts, sprains, or infections. Situations involving further medical attention or that occur outside of these business hours are referred to local area hospitals, and parents/guardians will be notified if students need to be transported to one of these facilities. Limited pharmacy and x-ray hours are offered for an additional cost that is paid at the time the service is provided (credit card or cash are acceptable).

Brown University maintains its own Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Our EMTs are equipped to respond to medical emergencies 24 hours a day.


Safety and Security


Students and parents should carefully review Policies prior to arrival.

Personal & Community Safety

The safety of our students is of paramount importance. Access to residence halls is restricted to residents, their approved guests, and other authorized members of the University community. All residence hall entrances are locked 24 hours a day and can only be accessed with an authorized ID card.

At check-in, each student is issued a card with emergency phone numbers. Residence halls are equipped with smoke alarms, pull stations, and fire extinguishers. Students should carry this card with them at all times. Emergency cards are available in the Pre-College Campus Life Office (Vartan Gregorian Quad A Suite 120).

Brown’s campus is part of what is known as "College Hill" in the city of Providence and, as such, is open to the public. Pre-College students are frequently cautioned to walk in groups and always let someone know where they are going.

There are 140 emergency phones, also known as "blue light phones," located on buildings, elevators and in green areas on campus. All residence halls and classroom buildings have a blue-light phone at each entrance. Students can call anywhere on campus, or be connected to the Department of Public Safety for assistance or emergencies.

Brown University Department of Public Safety (DPS)

DPS Phone: (401) 863-3322 and TDD : (401) 863-1740.

Personnel are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Department of Public Safety (DPS) Officers routinely patrol the campus and surrounding Providence neighborhoods in cars, bikes, and foot patrols. DPS officers are trained at the Municipal Police Academy and are empowered by the State of Rhode Island to enforce state statutes. Security officers are trained by the department and, along with the campus police officers, are authorized by the university to enforce University rules and regulations. Both police and security officers patrol the campus 24-hours a day to deter crime, develop community relationships and respond to calls for service and assistance. The department also provides the community with the resources and education necessary to take responsibility for making informed choices about their personal safety.

Brown Guardian

The Rave Guardian provides peace of mind by transforming your mobile phone into a personal safety device. Learn more about Rave Guardian »

Fire Safety

Residence halls are equipped with smoke alarms, pull stations and fire extinguishers. Know the key location of the nearest pull station, fire extinguisher and egress stairway. Familiarize yourself with evacuation routes in your building. Tampering with fire equipment is a violation of law. For more information about fire safety, please speak with your Resident Assistant. Learn more about Fire Safety at Brown »

Evening Shuttle Service

The Brown University Shuttle (B.U.S.) program is a safety-oriented transportation service offered to Brown University. In the summer, the BUS shuttle does continuous loops of campus each evening from 7:00pm through the 10:00pm curfew. Any Pre-College student can ride the shuttle with a Brown ID.

Emergency Action Plan

In the event of an emergency situation, the University has emergency action plans to promote the safety of Brown students, faculty, staff and guests. The plan outlines procedures for building evacuation, shelter in place and emergency communication.

Brown University utilizes an emergency siren warning system and campus alert system to contact students, faculty and staff in the event of a campus emergency. Students receive information about how to opt-in to get alerts via email or texts during orientation.


Commuter Students

Orientation for Commuter Students

Commuter students are encouraged to take full advantage of the many daytime, evening, and weekend activities available to pre-college students, beginning with joining our campus life staff on Sunday afternoon for Orientation and community building activities.

Extracurricular Activities and Events can be found in the Summer 2019 Brown Pre-College Programs Official Guidebook.

Bringing a Car to Campus

Residential students are not allowed to bring motor vehicles to campus. Commuter students may only use motor vehicles for transportation to and from Brown. Commuter students are prohibited from transporting other students in their motor vehicles.

Students who must commute to campus by car are required to purchase a summer parking permit from the Transportation Office. Purchase your permit online via Park@Brown.

The Transportation Office is located at 69 Brown Street in Page-Robinson Hall, Fifth Floor, Suite 511.


Off-Campus Programs

Check-in Information

Reminder: Please wait to make travel arrangements until program is confirmed.

  • BELL Rhode Island
    Orientation Schedule: June 30 | July 14 | July 28
    • When: Sundays before classes begin between 9:00am and 11:00am EST. Bus to program site will leave at 12:00pm.

    • Where: The Brown University Main Green at the corner of Brown and Waterman Streets in Providence, RI.


  • BELL: Alaska
  • BELL: Florida Keys
  • On Location: Washington, D.C./ N.I.H.
  • On Location: Segovia
  • On Location: Rome
    • Check-in time and location will be sent to students when program is confirmed and will be available in Program Handbooks.

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